Brett Tanner is a self-taught metal fabricator born and raised in the Mojave Desert. He developed a passion for building cars at a young age. By the time he was 16 he had already restored his first car, a 1973 VW bug. In 2005 he focused his work to building traditional hotrods and opened Tanner’s Hot Rods. Scouring swap meets for original parts from the 1920’s and 1930’s became a necessity. “There was just something special about reusing 90 year old parts to create a modern day piece of art.” After the tragic loss of his son in 2018 Brett found himself struggling to find the passion to build cars. A close friend introduced him to the festival scene as a way to relieve some of the grief and a whole new passion for building art cars was born. Brett now focuses his days building fire breathing works of rusty art for both Burning Man and Wasteland Weekend events. Upcycling rusty pieces of metal found in the local desert helps create a true post-apocalyptic feel to everything he builds. Brett now feels closest to his son when he’s in the shop creating art. Needless to say Brett spends the majority of his time in the shop.